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Coronavirus Updates

New covid positivity in Florida at 3.8%

TALLAHASSEE – For the week of April 1-7, Florida’s new COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.8%.

FDOH issues new guidance on COVID-19 vaccines for children

The Florida Department of Health (Department) is the first state in the nation to issue guidance stating that healthy...
Areas in green are low levels of COVID-19; areas in yellow are medium level; areas in red are high level, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

COVID-19 cases continue to fall

COVID-19 cases in South Central Florida continued to drop last week ...
Human Interest
Tyson is a gentle giant.

Adopt a pet: Tyson is a gentle giant

This Handsome boy is Tyson. He is 6 years old, neutered, chipped and up to date on shots.
Looking for a redhead? Rocky is your guy.

Adopt a pet: Looking for a redhead?

This handsome boy is Rocky, and if you are looking for a redhead, he's your guy!

Explore the Florida Humanities' African American History Archive

Florida Humanities, the state affliate of the National Endownment for the Humanities, has a diverse and robust collection ...
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Community News

Closing up your Florida home

Getting ready to leave Florida and head back north? Well, before you lock the door to head out, it’s a good idea to pay attention to some important details.

Nominate your best friend for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®!

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is closing nominations for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls sets new records

After a year’s hiatus, the Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project returned this year with record-setting participation.
Government
On March 2, the United States Postal Service announced that it has delivered more than 270 million COVID-19 test kits to American households...
On Feb. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating consumer complaints ...
Now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations ...
Schools

Workforce partnership tackling worker shortage on the Treasure Coast

Indian River State College and its workforce and economic development partners have identified a growing skills gap...

IRSC welcomes interest in Indiantown High School inaugural ninth-grade class

Indiantown High School, a new Martin County charter school focusing on career and workforce education, welcomes expressions of interest from parents of students...
Wildlife & Environment

Scientists study spiders that targets mosquitoes

For a creature that – legs and all – might be no larger than a pencil eraser, spiders continue to surprise researchers...

“Baby Season” underway at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Spring has arrived and, while it is a great time for spring cleaning around the yard, it is important to keep an eye out for injured baby raptors.

UF/IFAS experts advises Floridians not to disturb bats during maternity season

It’s maternity season for Florida bats, which means they might be roosting in or near your home at this time.
Opinion
Autism is among the most misunderstood of all the human conditions.
It’s been more than 40 years since our mother made history.
Your classes are finished, your finals are done, and you finally have your diploma in hand — congratulations graduate! Now what?
Weather
On May 2, AARP Florida announced a variety of AARP resources available to Floridians as they prepare for Hurricane Season ...
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't …
Although a mild and sunny climate is one of South Florida’s greatest natural assets, extremes of heat and cold ...
Nation & World

Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded Ukraine pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an unarmed civilian. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin …

Mozambique declares polio outbreak linked to Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the …

EXPLAINER: What's behind difficult Taiwan-China relations?

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. authorities say the gunman behind an attack on a church in southern California in which one person was killed and five injured was motivated by a hatred for Taiwan. …

Analysis: Condolence calls from elite show UAE ruler's power

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Coming from around the globe, airplanes carrying world leaders have landed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates to offer condolences for the death of the …
State

Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now …

Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour but without animals

MIAMI (AP) — “The Greatest Show on Earth” is making a comeback — without animal acts — five years after shutting down its three-ring circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced …

Florida killer clown trial delayed again -- for a sixth time

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has reluctantly delayed the trial of a woman accused of dressing like a clown and fatally shooting her lover's wife more than 30 years ago after defense …

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the …
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